Dublin's John Small tries to block down Cork's John O'Rourke. Donall Farmer/INPHO
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Cork off to bright start as they see off football league champions Dublin in opener

Jamie O’Sullivan grabbed the only goal of the game in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Cork 1-15
Dublin 0-16

A LATE FLURRY from Cork saw them open their Allianz Football League Division 1 campaign with victory over Dublin in Páirc Uí Chaoimh today.

When Dean Rock scored his eight point for the visitors in the 56th minute, it put Dublin two points ahead, 0-15 to 1-10, but the hosts then reeled off four unanswered points to seize control in the closing stages.

An excellent second-half midfield performance from Ian Maguire and Mark Collins – the latter switched from wing-forward as Fintan Goold moved to centre-back – was the foundation for victory while Colm O’Neill and Brian Hurley both got important scores.

It was a close game all through, with never more than two points between the sides. Jamie O’Sullivan’s goal put Cork 1-2 to 0-3 in front in the 12th minute but then Dublin but then four points on the trot, from Rock (two), Kevin McManamon and Shane Carthy, turned the tide.

Conor Dorman scores his side's first goal Conor Dorman strikes in the shot that leads to Jamie O'Sullivan's goal. Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

In keeping with the to-and-fro nature, Cork then had three in a row, and it was no surprise when just a point separated the teams at half-time, Cork 1-7 to 0-9 in front.

Dublin threatened to take ownership of the second period, scoring the first three points through O’Gara and another Rock brace, but Cork were staying in there thanks to O’Neill’s frees.

McManamon and then Rock looked to have swung the game firmly in Dublin’s favour as the last quarter of an hour dawned but O’Neill, Hurley, Collins and then Eoin Cadogan necklaced together the vital scoring sequence.

Dublin sub Michael Deegan did leave it a one- point game as it moved into injury time, but Cork’s Conor Dorman had the final say.

Kevin McManamon with Fintan Goold and James Loughrey Kevin McManamon of Dublin with Fintan Goold and James Loughrey of Cork Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

Scorers for Cork: Colm O’Neill 0-5 (0-4 frees), Brian Hurley 0-3 (0-1 free), Jamie O’Sullivan 1-0, John O’Rourke, Conor Dorman 0-2 each, Fintan Goold, Mark Collins, Eoin Cadogan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: Dean Rock 0-8 (0-4 frees), Kevin McManamon, Eoghan O’Gara 0-2 each, Shane Carthy, Tomás Brady, Cormac Costello, Michael Deegan 0-1 each.

Mark Collins with Eric Lowndes Mark Collins rises about Eric Lowndes in today's game Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO


1. Ken O’Halloran

3. Tom Clancy
6. Eoin Cadogan
4. James Loughrey

17. Conor Dorman
7. Brian O’Driscoll
5. Jamie O’Sullivan

8. Fintan Goold
9. Ian Maguire

10. Mark Collins
24. John O’Rourke
12. Colm O’Driscoll

13. Colm O’Neill
14. Donal Óg Hodnett
15. Brian Hurley

Brian Cuthbert Cork boss Brian Cuthbert Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO


21. Paul Kerrigan for Dorman (half-time)
23. John Hayes for Hodnett (47)
22. Luke Connolly for Colm O’Driscoll (67)
26. Kevin O’Driscoll for Maguire (69)

Jack McCaffrey with Eoin Cadogan Jack McCaffrey with Eoin Cadogan. Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO


1. Seán Currie

2. Eoin Culligan
4. Darren Daly
3. Rory O’Carroll

7. Jack McCaffrey
6. John Small
5. Jonny Cooper

8. Denis Bastick
9. Shane Carthy

10. Tomás Brady
11. Dean Rock
12. Emmett Ó Conghaile

13. Kevin McManamon
14. Eoghan O’Gara
15. Cormac Costello

Jim Gavin Dublin manager Jim Gavin Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO


18. Davy Byrne for Ó Conghaile (half-time)
20. Brian Fenton for Bastick (47)
25. Ciarán Reddin for Carthy (54)
24. Conor McHugh for Costello (58)
23. Eric Lowndes for Cooper (58)
19. Michael Deegan for O’Gara (69)

Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare)

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